Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0)
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 9/9/23 – Vanderbilt and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will meet for an early-season college football showdown this Saturday, September 9, at 11:00 AM ET at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium and air live on ACCN. Both teams come into this matchup confidently; Vanderbilt remains unbeaten, while Wake Forest boasts an outstanding home record.
Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback AJ Swann has led them on an impressive offensive journey this season. Swann has amassed 452 passing yards with only a 57.6% completion rate, which could leave room for improvement. However, his five touchdown throws stand out most notably. While his impressive throwing power may draw admirers’ attention, he has shown aggression and caution enough to limit interceptions to just one. Sedrick Alexander has proven himself an effective rusher, amassing 89 yards on 14 attempts with an average of 6.4 yards per carry, indicating that he can identify gaps in the defensive line and take advantage of them to gain ground. Vanderbilt’s offensive arsenal has only grown more potent with Jayden McGowan’s 2 touchdown catches and an average catch distance of 11.8 yards per catch in receiving. While Jayden McGowan may not have scored yet, his performance cannot be overlooked, even without scoring.
Wake Forest’s Explosive Offense Led by Griffis: Free Week 2 NCAAF Picks
Wake Forest’s impressive offensive prowess this season, led by Mitch Griffis’ impressive completion rate of 63% and 329-yard performance through the air. Griffis successfully balances risk and reward by leading his team to three touchdowns and only a single interception. Griffis excels as a traditional pocket passer, making accurate decisions under pressure, while running back Demond Claiborne has proven reliable with 70 yards rushing yards under his belt. Jahmal Banks leads Wake Forest’s receiving corps with 108 yards; his 18-yard per reception average indicates considerable play potential; plus, he has found the end zone once to provide Wake Forest with unpredictable and compelling passing gameplay. Check out our free Week 2 NCAAF picks for more insights.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023, 11:00 AM ET|
|Where:||Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium|
AJ Swann QB vs. Mitch Griffis QB
Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swann presents an intriguing case. At first glance, his completion rate of 57.6% may seem inefficient, yet his yardage total of 452 and 5 touchdowns tell a different tale. Swann has the playmaking ability to turn games on their head, but he also has vulnerabilities, having been sacked four times already this season. With holes in Vanderbilt’s offensive line looming overhead, his high-risk, high-reward style could make the passing game unpredictable.
Mitch Griffis has been nothing short of exceptional for Wake Forest. His 63.3% completion rate and 11 yards per attempt stand out, showing excellent decision-making skills that balance risk with reward effectively. Unfortunately, he’s been sacked four times, showing that while their passing game may be effective, it still has weaknesses in protection
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -425, Total Odds: 63
Wake Forest’s strong home record makes them the clear pick on the moneyline, while Vanderbilt’s potency makes them an attractive pick to cover the spread. Both teams have displayed strong offensive performances that suggest going Over.
Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Trends
Vanderbilt has seen their record fluctuate lately. Although they have gone 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, their straight-up record over their last five is more encouraging: 4-1 straight-up against Wake Forest shows Vanderbilt is struggling. Their road games usually see lower scores, with 4 of their last 5 road totals going UNDER in each case; yet what stands out most alarming is Vanderbilt’s dismal 1-6 record against the spread in September games, an indication they historically struggle when opening up new seasons.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends
Wake Forest has been quite inconsistent over their last seven games, posting a 2-5 against-the-spread record and 15-2 straight-up home record in their previous 17 matches; Vanderbilt at home fared less impressive with only four wins against Wake Forest going under totals over this span. Demon Deacons games usually go UNDER the total in 7 of their 10 previous matches. Still, recent matchups against SEC teams have broken this trend with several matchups going over total.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 9/9/23 Betting Picks
As such, Wake Forest stands as the favored team when selecting Wake Forest as their moneyline pick due to their outstanding home performance. Vanderbilt will likely beat Vanderbilt on the spread given their offensive abilities and recent form; the total is expected to go OVER 57 due to both teams possessing offensive potential; the predicted score maybe Wake Forest 35 against Vanderbilt 28, with Wake Forest emerging as the winner. Don’t forget to check out our free sports picks for more insights.
Free Pick and Prediction: Wake Forest Demon Deacons will win 35-28.